ANC, Soweto residents march over Eskom issues

Residents are demanding Eskom address concerns over the implementation of prepaid electricity meters.

The group is moving from Orlando to Eskom’s headquarters in Diepkloof. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

SOWETO - Eskom has received a memorandum of demands delivered by the South African National Civic Organisation, the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions on behalf of Soweto residents.

Hundreds of ANC supporters and Soweto residents made their way to Eskom' s headquarters in Diepkloof in a march to raise issues with the power giant.

The group was demanding that Eskom address concerns raised by residents over the implementation of prepaid electricity meters.

Last week locals in Orlando West protested against the installation of the meters, which many residents say are seeing them pay exorbitant fees.

There was singing, dancing and chanting in Soweto as buses transporting more people arrived at the Hector Pietersen Memorial where the march started.

#ANCMarch Locals say they're not opposed to paying for electricity, but want Eskom to make its policies reasonable.

Disgruntled locals say they are not happy with Eskom's decision to implement a pre-paid meter system.

They are demanding that the power utility implement a flat rate for electricity payment in Soweto.

On Friday, a widespread power cut left the township in darkness for several hours.

Eskom says the outage was due to an overload of demand on its system.

However, residents are adamant they were merely being punished for being vocal about their concerns.

#ANCMarch ANC members have gathered at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto for a march to #Eskom headquarters. DB